KRC to Host Garden City Dinner & Dialogue
What: Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue
When: June 16, 2016 Dinner beginning at 5:00 pm. Program beginning after 5:30 p.m.
Where: K-State Southwest Research Extension Center, 4500 E Mary St.
Garden City, KS 67846
Cost: Free! Simply RSVP to reserve a meal.Garden City Forum Agenda
Come join us for dinner and discussion about the state budget and revenue situation and how it affects local food and farm systems development.
Southwest Kansans are encouraged to attend the upcoming “Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue” forum, a free dinner and program organized by the Kansas Rural Center. The forum will take place on Thursday, June 16, at the K-State Research and Extension, Southwest Research Extension Center in Garden City. Dinner will be available starting at 5:00 pm with the program following.
The forum aims to provide information on state and local food systems and opportunities and ideas for civically engaging with your community and policymakers, all within the broader context of state budget and revenue issues.
Garden City resident, Seward County Community College Sustainable Agriculture Resources Program Specialist, and Local Food & Farm Task Force member, David Coltrain will share information about the statewide Local Food and Farm Task Force as well as the work Seward County Community College is doing to assist local growers of horticultural food crops.
Updates and information about local level efforts will also be provided by Margaret Hermocillo, Kansas Appleseed Food Assistance Outreach Advocate, and the League of Women Voters. Time will be provided for roundtable dialogue focusing on civic engagement, resources, ideas, and ways to work together to reach the common vision of a healthy, local food system.
Bernie Koch, Kansas Economic Progress Council, has been invited to provide a state legislative and budget overview. His presence is contingent upon a special session of the Kansas Legislature in upcoming weeks to deal with the Kansas Supreme Court’s school finance decision. The Kansas Rural Center will discuss how the realities of the past year’s state legislative session will affect local food system and food access efforts across the state.
The Forum will be the forth in KRC’s Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue series of six across the state. Other forums in May and earlier this June were held in Hutchinson, Concordia, and Colby. Each forum is a little different but each offers state and local overviews of food and farm related activity and the opportunity to learn more about how amplify your voice during this important election year.
Other upcoming “Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue” forums will be held in:
Ottawa – Monday, June 20
Iola – Tuesday, June 21
The Feeding Kansas Forum Series is a part of KRC’s “Community Food Solutions for a Healthier Kansas” initiative, which aims to improve economy, community, environment, and health in Kansas by advancing specific public policy solutions that better incorporate Kansas farms into the state’s healthy food supply chain.
KRC asks that participants RSVP ahead of time to ensure a meal. For more information, please visit kansasruralcenter.org/cfs/, or call 866-579-5469 and select Natalie Fullerton, KRC Program Director.Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue RSVP